Date: 12/25/17 7:30 am
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed F/C, Grove-billed Ani, Brown Booby
Tell me about misses! Missed the Rayne Harris's Hawk at least six times a few winters ago!

Merry Christmas as well.

Jay Huner

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> On Dec 25, 2017, at 9:02 AM, bill fontenot <natrldlite...> wrote:
> you musta been a good boy this year Juan.....!
> pretty sure everyone on this list has tasted the bitterness of missing a chase bird.....on multiple occasions....thus we can all share in your triumph for a moment at least...
> we should be able to get you a WEKI here closer to home.....
> merry christmas dude!
> bill fontenot
> n lafayette parish, LA
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Dec 24, 2017, at 8:14 PM, John Romano <birderjuan...> wrote:
>> I have never birded in the New Orleans area, but thanks to all of the
>> great info shared by the birders on this list and their inputs to e-bird, I
>> put together a wish list of 5 potential Louisiana or Life birds and talked
>> a friend into joining me for the junket.
>> We arrived at the Belle Chase Ferry at 10:31 just in time to see the
>> ferry pull away. As I sat distraught and pouting in the car my friend got
>> out and a few minutes later asked, what are those green birds over there ?
>> Monk Parakeets. New Louisiana Bird - no need to search City Park.
>> Got ferry ride accross river and drove south 7 tenths mile and looked
>> around, nothing. Waited awhile and approx 11:25 AM decided to walk up
>> toward the levy and tree line and found the Fork-tailed F/C perched about
>> 2/3 the way up a tree. New Louisiana bird - not a lifer as I saw the the
>> 3rd Wisconsin state record for this species in Oct 2000 in Dane County
>> Wisconsin. Have good photos and will post in E-bird report later.
>> Off to Braithwaite. Looked around about 90 minutes and suddenly there
>> they were, the Grove-billed Ani at around 1:45 PM. Once we found them they
>> were extremely cooperative and I have maybe 40 photos, some from 30 feet
>> away and will post in e-bird report once sorted and cropped. This was a
>> Finally decided to use the Pontchartrian Causeway for trip back to
>> Lafayette area. The way things were going we might actually see a Brown
>> Booby, and we did. Around 16.4 the bird approached low over the water with
>> view of the long pointed wings and swung north giving us a perfect side
>> view of the white belly, dark neck and head and lightish bill. LIFER.
>> Good people, this never happens to me to have so much good birding
>> fortune on a planned outing with target birds. I just had to tell the
>> story.
>> ( only miss was the Western Kingbird )
>> Thanks again for all the shared information.
>> John Romano
>> Opelousas/Beaux Bridge
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